Flip-Flop: 15 Best Men’s Sandals for Summer

As soon as Memorial Day Weekend hits, you’re given carte blanche to give your toes some breathing room. From then until Labor Day, you’re going to be wearing sandals everywhere: to the beach and the pool, of course, but also on early Sunday AM coffee shop runs, walking your dog when you get out of work, and pretty much everywhere else.

That’s why it’s important to pick out a pair of sandals that will best fit the summer you have ahead of you.  After all, they’re your most important summer accessory, perhaps second only to sunglasses.  We recommend picking up some cheaper foam flip-flops to wear around your backyard, and investing in at least one pair of more high-quality sandals that you can wear to nicer affairs—that long-awaited resort vacation with your girlfriend, a BBQ at your boss’s house, and the like. Check out our top picks.

RVCA Trench Town

RVCA Trench Town

If you’re the kind of guy who spends the summer beating up his flip-flops to the point that they’re a gnarled mess by the time September rolls around, pick up a few pairs from California-based RVCA. They’re brightly-colored, comfortable, and at $19, you can stock up for the whole summer. [Purchase: $19]

Havaianas Top Flip Flops

Havaianas Top Flip Flops

Havaianas have been around since the 1960s, and for good reason—these guys are durable, comfortable, and come in a rainbow of colors and patterns. If you can’t find a pair ofHavaianas that appeals to you, there’s something wrong. [Purchase: $25]

Adidas Originals Adilette Slides

Adidas Originals Adilette Slides

If you’re planning on spending more time by the pool this summer than on the beach, invest in a pair of Adidas Adilettes. Crafted in 1972, they quickly became a favorite of swimmers and divers, mainly because they’re sturdy and virtually indestructible. Also, if you hate thong-style sandals, you’ll appreciate the comfortable slip-on style these offer. [Purchase: $30]

Rainbow Two-Tone Sandals

Rainbow Two-Tone Sandals

Established in 1974 by a guy named Sparky who crafted handmade sandals in his Laguna Beach garage, Rainbow sandals are highly-regarded among the surf and sun set. Made from a combination of leather and rubber, the sandals form to your feet, meaning that after a few wears, you’ll have the perfect-fitting pair for the summer. [Purchase: $50]

Reef Draftsmen Sandals

Reef Draftsmen Sandals

These dark brown, premium leather sandals from California-based Reef are nice enough to take you from laying on the beach to a seaside restaurant for oysters and cocktails. [Purchase: $60]

Hari Mari Scout Sandals

Hari Mari Scout Sandals

If you’re the type of guy who likes to support eco-friendly brands, look no further than Hari Mari. Founded in 2012, the brand creates some incredibly good-looking sandals out of recycled materials. The shoe’s best feature is the memory foam coated toe post that allows you to skip the painful new sandals break-in period that inevitably cuts up your toes (cuts + sand = no bueno). If you need another reason to invest, Hari Mari takes it a step further and donates $3 from every sale to their initiative, Flops Fighting Cancer. [Purchase: $65]

Teva Classic Flip Sandals

Teva Classic Flip Sandals

You’re probably most familiar with the classic Teva model that includes an ankle strap (which was born out of necessity in the 1980s when a Grand Canyon river guide rigged two Velcro watchbands to his sandals to make sure his shoes didn’t float away), but if you’re not taking on river rapids and just hanging out by the pool, you can ditch the ankle strap and just go for this classic model. [Purchase: $70]

Island Slipper Flip-Flops

J. Crew Island Slipper Flip-Flops

If you want to wear something a little fancier than the brightly-colored rubber things you wouldn’t be too upset about leaving behind at the beach, check out these Island Slipper flip-flops. The Hawaiian-based brand still makes their sandals by hand, which means that they’re worth the investment and that you’ll fit right in with the yacht club set. [Purchase: $89]

Island Slipper Stripe Flip-Flops

J. Crew Island Slipper Stripe Flip-Flops

This pair is the same handmade quality as the model featured above, but the striped sole provides a more nautical vibe that will be perfect for the beach, or on your buddy’s boat. Pair ’em with nautical-influenced swim trunks, and you’ll be good to go. [Purchase: $90]

Dan Ward Two-Tone Flip-Flops

Dan Ward Two-Tone Flip-Flops

These Italian-made flip-flops by designer Dan Ward will stand out on the beach for two reasons: 1.) the striking black and white combination isn’t used much in beach wear and 2.) the cross-over thong is a subtle, but noticeable change. They’re stylish enough to take you from the pool to a casual dinner at a seaside restaurant. [Purchase: $125]

Birkenstock for J Crew Arizona Nubuck Sandals

Birkenstock for J. Crew Arizona Nubuck Sandals

You might think that Birkenstocks are for your hippie cousin only, but when J. Crew collaborates with the famous German shoe company, you should stand up and take notice. Birkenstocks have a history that goes all the way back to 1897, when a guy named Konrad Birkenstock started making sandals with malleable footbeds made out of cork. J. Crew’s collaboration with the venerable shoemaker means bright colors, white soles, and the famous Birkenstock footbed that molds to your feet. [Purchase: $130]

Dan Ward Two-Tone Flip-Flops Blue

Dan Ward Two-Tone Flip-Flops

Another offering from Dan Ward, these black and blue sandals offer the unique cross-over thong as well as double-dipped black and blue textured soles, and two embossed straps. [Purchase: $145]

Olukai Polani Sandals

Olukai Polani Sandals

Crafted in Hawaii, Olukai is a footwear brand that seeks to bring the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle to the world through its handmade, eco-conscious sandals. The Polani model features a combination of soft, full-grain leather and microfiber lining to make a comfortable, sturdy sandal. The bottom features contoured rubber grips that are missing from most sandals, meaning that you’ll never slip and fall when heading back to your pool-side lounge chair after one too many Mai Tais. [Purchase: $150]

Ralph Lauren Vachetta Paxhill Sandals

Ralph Lauren Vachetta Paxhill Sandals

Available in various bright colors and featuring a padded leather insole and a treaded rubber sole, these Vachetta Paxhill sandals are so nice you might want to reserve them for non-beach activities, like jaunts around the city you’re vacationing in. [Purchase: $175]

Bottega Veneta Leather Flip-Flops

Bottega Veneta Leather Flip-Flops

If you want to cut a sophisticated figure the next time you throw down a ton of cash on a far-flung European vacation, invest in this pair of leather flip-flops from Bottega Veneta. Handcrafted in Italy out of premium leather, the insoles are embossed with the brand’s signature intrecciato pattern. Think about how great these are going to look when you’re getting your third gelato of the day on the streets of Rome.  So great. [Purchase: $390]

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